- Plenty of Tetris-style gameplay
in a variety of different modes, including a charmingly
eccentric story mode
- As if the theories, both
scientific and theological, of how the earth was created weren’t
already enough, here’s a third possibility – little deities
pulling “evolutionary” chains together, all within seven days
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Score: 8.5 / 10
There are theories, both scientific and
theological, as to how exactly the earth, its creatures and man himself
came into being. Well, it’s simple really, according the new PC
Tetris-style puzzle game, Chainz Galaxy: melding Creationism with
Evolutionism, little guys bearing a passing resemblance to some
universally worshipped fellow pulled chains together, connecting various
pieces of the earth and its inhabitants – land, sea, dinosaurs, apes,
man and modern technology to get us where we are today. Where’s that?
Billions of people in the 21st-century modern
world, including many that will certainly
enjoy a charming, if not completely eccentric, casual puzzle game.
To be clear, Chainz Galaxy doesn’t take itself seriously as some sort of
“meaning of life” answer, which we all know by now is 42. No, Chainz
Galaxy is just a puzzle game that just happens to have a silly
cartoonish story mode to carry along the chain-linking gameplay.
Much like Tetris, the goal is to clear boards. Instead of multiple-colored
geometric shapes or jewels, however, it is three or more chain links
that must be “linked” together. There are two main types of links. The
basic one, which can be arranged either vertically or horizontally; or
the multisided link, which can be linked on any of its four sides. Links
must be the same color to be connected, unless a “Wild Card”
multicolored one is used, in which case two different colors can be
linked. And there are also a few special links than can be used. One,
once connected, can freeze the links for a short duration, allowing the
gamer to connect as many as possible before unfreezing and clearing them
all. There is a magnet link that collects all that particular color’s
links off the board, which can result in a spectacular fireworks-style
display as the links clear. There is a lighting bolt link, with similar
pyrotechnic impressiveness, that clears the entire row up and down
regardless of color.
In the story mode and its seven levels of approximately seven boards
each (the seven “days” it takes to create the Chainz galaxy), another
score-increasing goal is to free the “charms” from their links. These
little golden treasures are the ones one would expect to see on a charm
bracelet such as moons, butterflies or a plethora of others – 30 in all.
The story mode is untimed, so gamers can play at their own casual pace.
If gamers get stuck looking for a move, a hint will show them where an
available move is on the board. If there are no moves left to make,
gamers simply just have to scramble the board, where the links wind up
rearranging to random positions on the board, giving gamers an easy
“reset” instead of simply ending the game.
For the story itself, after each level is cleared, a little cartoon
shows the collection of tiny bearded guys using the completed chains to
pull together another aspect of the little world they are creating,
beginning with terra firma and the sea to fish and dinosaurs to apes to
the technology and modernized world of today.
But there are more pressure-filled, challenging modes, including the
puzzle mode, where gamers must completely clear the levels in a certain
amount of moves. Arcade mode offers a timed mode that ups the tension on
gamers to clear each as quickly as possible before time runs out.
With plenty of hours of casual gaming fun and a variety of modes that
range from stress-free, go-at-your-own-pace, to timed arcade to
mind-teasers, Chainz Galaxy is a very good puzzler that borrows from its
Tetris inspiration while bringing a new element to the classic “connect
three-or-more colored shapes/items” gameplay.